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12/5: Cynne Simpson, Gene Norman leaving WGCL

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WGCL-TV has lost two of its more popular on-air personalites, evening anchor/reporter Cynne Simpson and meteorologist Gene Norman. Simpson has been there for three years. Norman has been at the station a relatively long time, arriving in 2000. The CBS affiliate, which is just getting over the Cari Champion “mothersucka” firing, had stabilized management and staff the past two years after several years of turnover.

No word on where Simpson is going. Subscription-only NewsBlues reports that Norman is moving to Fox affiliate KRIV-26 in Houston to be that station’s primary meteorologist. (NewsBlues on Thursday said it erred. Norman is actually going to the CBS affiliate KHOU-11 in Houston.)

In a memo sent to employees Tuesday, news director Rick Erbach wrote:

I regret to announce the resignation of two key and beloved members of the CBS 46 News family.

CBS 46 News anchor/reporter Cynne’ Simpson and Chief Meteorologist Gene Norman have accepted new jobs outside of Atlanta.

I can’t thank Cynne’ and Gene enough for all of their hard work and enthusiasm. Both are professionals and great people. They will be dearly missed. While I would like to see them stay, their new career opportunities will provide them with new challenges and rewards. We all appreciate their dedication and their never ending parade of public appearances.

Cynne’s last day with us is December 7th and Gene will be staying through the Holidays. His last day will be January 18th.

Again, we thank both for their accomplishments and their passion. We are a better station today because of their efforts

Good luck!

Rick

Here’s Cynne’s bio on WGCL

She is one of the youngest major market evening news anchors in the country. Cynne graduated magna cum laude from Howard University in Washington, D.C., where she majored in Broadcast Journalism and minored in Spanish. While in college, Ted Koppel was so impressed with her ability to report in English and Spanish, he selected her for a semester fellowship with ABC News Nightline. Cynne is a native of West Bloomfield, Michigan, but grew up in Sacramento, California. She has also lived in Spain and Costa Rica as an exchange student.

Here’s Gene’s bio on WGCL..

For Gene, there is nothing more interesting than the way a really good thunderstorm can crackle through the sky, shaking the windows and turning night to day. He arrived in Atlanta to cover the city’s historic Ice Storm in 2000.

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By MIKE P

December 5, 2007 5:19 PM | Link to this

I don’t want to sound mean, but when will they replace the others? I change channels after watching my favorite CBS shows then go back to watch Letterman after the news. Watch 11Alive to see how well a news team work together, not the fake, “friendly” acting CBS46 does!!

By buh bye

December 5, 2007 5:52 PM | Link to this

good grief. i’ve never heard of these people. it’s the worst news/sports/weather crew in atlanta.

By the truth

December 6, 2007 9:43 AM | Link to this

She’s smokin hot baby, id watch her do anything.

By Dave A.

December 6, 2007 12:24 PM | Link to this

The only reason anyone watches WGCL news is for the eye candy, like Laura Huckabee or Dagmar Midcap. They haven’t had a respected anchor since they fired Jane Robelot. I say bring in more hot babes and your viewership will increase.

By TV Guy

December 6, 2007 1:09 PM | Link to this

Channel 46 news neds to fold up and go away. Maybe they can do like that UHF station that “uses” the 11Alive crew to do their news.

When they had the morning news with Lori Wilson and Laura Huckabee, they had a good chemistry. Then the “can’t find a name to call our station” management brought a HGTV personality as co anchor. The chemistry was gone, and they cancelled morning news altogether.

This outfit is run by clueless people. No self respecting journalist wants to work there. The Rats are all jumping off the sinking ship.

By ron p.

December 6, 2007 2:22 PM | Link to this

are you kidding me.gene norman put all the other so called weather forecasters back in the first grade.so use the remote and compare.

By Billy Bob

December 6, 2007 3:31 PM | Link to this

I could think of all kinds of exciting positions for Cynne Simpson…talk about a cafe-au-lait cutie!

By Elroy Cohen

December 6, 2007 3:51 PM | Link to this

Cynne clearly has the necessities to be on television here in the ATL. She will be missed.

By Marcus

December 6, 2007 7:58 PM | Link to this

Simpson is going to be the weekned anchor at wjla in washington dc

By Christopher Cook

December 7, 2007 5:53 PM | Link to this

Channel 46 news neds to fold up and go away. Maybe they can do like that UHF station that “uses” the 11Alive crew to do their news.

Channel 46 was late in the game insofar as establishing a newscast, and many people just haven’t gotten used to seeing news on a UHF station, much less used to seeing CBS on a UHF station in a top 10 market. As such, tapping into talent on the levels of chs. 2, 5 and 11 has been a chore that has yet to be completed. Passing them off as incompetent is a knee-jerk reaction, mainly because Atlanta is used to the established newscasts.

There is no way channel 46 could do a newscast produced by another station because they are affiliated with a major network. CBS would certainly frown on having one of its affiliates do a newscast produced and staffed by, say, a Fox affiliate. (WATL’s newscast is able to do this with WXIA’s staff because WATL is affiliated with a minor network, and both stations are owned by Gannett.)

By James

December 8, 2007 4:40 PM | Link to this

Having a newscast produced by another station would be especially bad, FOR THOSE OF US WHO WORK THERE NOW!! :)

By Dan L.

December 10, 2007 1:12 PM | Link to this

I disagree with the claim by Dave A. that Laura Huckabee or Dagmar Midcap are ‘eye candy’. Both handle their assignments very professionally. Dagmar’s Better Wheels and Critter Corner segments are very informative and well done. I’ve only see Laura do weather, but she too handles that with great professionalism. Gene and Cynne will be missed. The station appears to have lost alot of it’s identity. Here’s hoping it can recover.

By Derrick

December 11, 2007 8:05 AM | Link to this

I’ve had the displeasure of meeting Cynne a few times. Don’t let the looks fool you, one of the nastiest people that you’ll meet.

By Jayz

December 13, 2007 10:10 PM | Link to this

She is not that pretty and definitely not a good anchor. That whinning voice makes me change the channel. Maybe their ratings will go up now. She has made it this far because of her uncle, Donnie Simpson.

By keepin_it_real

December 15, 2007 9:22 PM | Link to this

‘She is not that pretty”

Are you BLIND?